An adult patient has just been admitted to the PACU following abdominal surgery

An adult patient has just been admitted to the pacu

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15. An adult patient has just been admitted to the PACU following abdominal surgery. As the patient begins to awaken, he is uncharacteristically restless. The nurse checks his skin and it is cold, moist, and pale. The nurse concerned the patient may be at risk for what? A) Hemorrhage and shock B) Aspiration C) Postoperative infection D) Hypertension and dysrhythmias Ans: A Feedback:The patient with a hemorrhage presents with hypotension; rapid, thready pulse; disorientation; restlessness; oliguria; and cold, pale skin. Aspiration would manifest in airway disturbance. Hypertension or dysrhythmias would be less likely to cause pallor and cool skin. An infection would not be present at this early postoperative stage. 16. The nursing instructor is discussing postoperative care with a group of nursing students. A student nurse asks, “Why does the patient go to the PACU instead of just going straight up to the postsurgical unit?” What is the nursing instructor's best response?
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  • Spring '17
  • mrs. Vargovich
  • Nursing, Oxygen saturation, PACU

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